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Florida Groups Want to Cut Funding for Numeric Nutrient Criteria Rule

The groups say they are concerned about the cost of the regulation, noting that state and independent studies have estimated that the rule will cost billions of dollars generally and more than 14,000 jobs in the agricultural community.

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USDA Analyzes 8 Animal Waste Lagoons for Nitrogen

Despite a large amount of nitrogen cycling genes, researchers concluded that denitrifying and nitrifying organisms were not active.

ARCADIS Secures $43M for Central Virginia Water Supply Contract

The company will help Henrico County, Va., engineer an intake and pumping station on the James River and support the work for a dam and reservoir on Cobbs Creek.

Sundew. Courtesy Ken Sturm, USFWS

American Rivers to Oversee $1.8M Potomac Highlands' Grants

By selecting this conservation organization to implement the program, EPA seeks to improve the natural resources and socio-economic conditions in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands.

WaterSense Partner program

DFW Becomes First WaterSense Airport

New water fixtures in restrooms at the airport's passenger terminals are saving 5.5 million gallons per month.

The Fish & Wildlife Service also has been involved in protecting fish in the Great Lakes.

Clarkson to Receive $6.5M to Continue Monitoring Great Lakes' Fish

With SUNY, the universities will monitor temporal trends in bioaccumulative chemicals in the Great Lakes using top predator fish as biomonitors.

Water Quality Standards Course Set for May 2-6

This basic course introduces water quality and criteria programs to those with less than one year of experience and veterans needing a refresher.

Study Says the Pill Contributes Little Estrogen to Drinking Water

Natural estrogen from multiple sources actually accounts for much more of the total contribution.



Brown tides are caused by harmful algal blooms.

Brown Tide Culprit Suited to Thrive in Environmentally Impacted Estuaries

The Stony Brook University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution study used the genome sequence of Aureococcus anophagefferens and found that it is genetically predisposed to exploit certain characteristics of human-modified coastal ecosystems.

Salazar Helps Break Ground on Picayune Strand Restoration Project

When completed in 2015, the $448-million project will feature three major pump stations, removal of 260 miles of roads, and filling in of 42 miles of canals to help restore water flows to the Everglades.

A new study involves algae blooms and endocrine disruptors in zebrafish.

UK Scientists Identify New Disruptors in Algae Blooms

In the study, something released by algae, other than microcystins, had an endocrine disrupting effect on zebrafish.

Agency Offers Funding for Tribal Water Council Support

Questions from prospective applicants about the competitive opportunity must be received before March 28 and applications must be received by April 11.

EPA Says 2012 Budget Proposal Is 13% Leaner than 2010

Funding support remains for the Great Lakes, water and wastewater treatment, Superfund, and enforcement.

USDA Forest Service has proposed a new planning rule.

Forest Service Proposes Planning Rule, Seeks Comment

The rule provides a collaborative and science-based framework for creating land management plans that would support ecological sustainability and contribute to rural job opportunities.

Minnesota Farmer Offers Plain Speaking in 'EcoCommerce 101'

Tim Gieseke's book illustrates a practical method to identify environmental values and makes a case for bringing the externalities of agriculture and business into the economic accounting framework.

Water sampling in San Francisco Bay

EPA Reaches Out for Input on Bay-Delta Aquatic Ecosystem Issues

The federal agency and California want to improve water quality and resource protection in the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary.

USGS: Great Lakes Basin Has Potential for Local Shortages

Though the Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system on Earth, the basin has the potential for local shortages, according to a new basinwide water availability assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey.

SFPUC OKs Calaveras Dam Replacement in Water Improvement Program

After seven years, San Francisco's Planning Commission certified the project's environmental impact report for work that is designed to improve Bay Area water supply in the Alameda Creek habitat.

WaterSense Draft Specification Released for Weather-based Irrigation Controllers

The revised specification is open for comment until March 21.

AWWA, WEF Come Closer Together to Holistically Address Water

As a first step, the organizations will combine forces at the April Water Matters! Fly In.

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